Saturday 28 May 2011

We could use a little sunshine

Enough with the rains, my garden needs some sunshine! I guess I was one of the lucky ones that rushed out and sowed my seeds a month ago before the endless rains arrived. Regardless, a little sunshine would certainly help my beans and squash seedlings to grow, they have reluctantly emerged from the ground. I am starting to harvest my radishes (they love cool dismal wet days) and the rabbits love the leaves. Peas are growing madly as well as my various mixed lettuces and greens, arugula is hit and miss with this weather. And nothing holds Rhubarb back.

Friday 27 May 2011

Facebook... what's up with that?

I have been ignoring the whole Facebook thing for a few years now, I just didn't get it, plus all the headlines about privacy breaches bothered me. Yesterday I finally decided to open up a page and delve into the whole social network thing to see what it is really about. I still don't exactly 'get' what I am doing, perhaps that is where a lot of the problems lie with Facebook and those of us over the age of consent. Unless you have grown up with social networking all the lingo sounds a bit silly to the average person, with their 'like' it buttons and requesting folks to 'be your friend' 'poking' and 'sharing' it all sounds a little....weird. Anyhow, I created a personal account for me and a page for Dinsdale Standard Schnauzers and I invite you to give our 'Like' button a click here In the mean time I will go back to the Facebook Help page and see if I can figure out what it's all about. If you have any suggestions, advice or words of wisdom, do 'share' you will 'be my friend' forever, I would 'like' it so much I might even give you a little 'poke' :-D

Wednesday 25 May 2011


Fiddle & Beamish son Ryder is co-owned with friend Andrea who also owns Agility Schnauzer stars Quinte & Harley. It is my hope that Ryder will mature into a handsome man and become part of the Dinsdale breeding program. I'm sure Andrea is just hoping to make it through his adolescence.....for now he is one wiggly, wiry, silly boy with outrageous spider monkey legs, sooooo cute! He has a super personality and I hope Andrea is having fun with this fellow, oh heck just look at him, how could you not enjoy Ryder :-)) Good Luck to Andrea and Quinte at the AAC Agility Regionals this weekend!

A big wet smile

Wednesday 18 May 2011

Wordless (puppy) Wednesday

May Days

Gorgeous May Day perfect for hanging around the yard with the dogs "Hey isn't there laundry to do? Tumbleweeds of dog hair collecting under the chairs? Dog lunches to be prepared? (thought I would slip that one in)" "Never mind Lori, stay out here and enjoy the sunshine" "We hear it will rain on the weekend, loads of time to work inside when it does"

Tuesday 17 May 2011


You would think with a houseful of schnauzers vermin wouldn't be a problem, but alas we are talking squirrels, one of the most intelligent seems to be these little red ones. Here they are tackling our 'squirrel proof' bird feeder. Can't sit on the feeding ledge and scarf back all the seed, not a problem, hang off it and pick seed out the little bitty side holes. Check out the funny video below, guess they gave up and decided to just go with the flow and enjoy the little buggers. Why not challenge them and make them into SUPER thinking squirrels Perhaps the Yankee Spinner/Flipper below is our next choice, at least it appears it will provide us with entertainment, hopefully at the squirrels expense.

Sunday 15 May 2011

Please don't tease the dog

Such expression, priceless!

Friday 13 May 2011

Forest walk

Found a new place to walk with the dogs yesterday. What a gorgeous day to enjoy the woodland. Unfortunately all I got in dog photos was assorted butt shots, we will skip sharing them and stick to the flora. OK maybe one butt shot. A friends schnauzer caught with her ears upside down on her head, maybe it helps her hear better :-)

Wednesday 11 May 2011

Birthday photos

Trinny pups are a week old today, if you want a dose of super sweet puppy birthday photos check out the new ones I posted on Trinny's puppy blog. I will place a new photo on the right margin of this blog with a link to the Puppy blog whenever I update the puppy blog.

Monday 9 May 2011

The Royal Stink Eye

Yep Clover is giving some serious stink eye to anyone brave enough to consider taking her bone. Fiddle and her kids are Royalty when it comes to expressing their intent with a stare.

Sunday 8 May 2011

Bunny update

It's been almost a month since the rabbits arrived, they are doing very well, growing like mad and enjoying sampling the seasonal buds, weeds and assorted various Spring sprouts. One of their favorites are the new shoots on the wild bramble berry bushes, thorns are enjoyed as well as the leaves. Mr.Ed has finally decided that I am not such a bad character, like our Schnauzers, bribery works big time with bunnies too. I finally decided this weekend that they deserved names.This little Japanese Harlequin marked girl is Ivy Meet Thistle, a chocolate Harlequin with a strange looking white face, probably the most dominant of the does. I had to move her out of her sister's cage today and into her own as she is getting quite the attitude. Thistle's sister Fern, very sweet and a little more shy then her pushy sister. This is baby Bramble, she is adorable. I love that she is twitching her nose so fast it is blurry in the photo. Above is Andy, one of my two bucks, he is still young enough to stay with sisters Bramble and Ivy but will be getting his own cage in a couple of weeks. Andy decided having his photo taken was booor-ing And finally Fast Eddy (formally Mr.Ed) who is becoming a real charmer, but definitely has no designs on being a lap bunny, I have the scratches to prove it!

Friday 6 May 2011


I have been busy with pups and not able to venture far from home, what a great time to torture, ahem, groom some schnauzers. Yesterday I put my two hairy babies Clover & Olive on the grooming table. I enjoy letting the dogs get all hairy and unruly looking. It is exciting to watch a beautiful Standard Schnauzers emerges as you strip off that long coat. I also love my schnauzers as teenagers, OK I could do without all the crazy energy, but I love this transformation from puppy cuteness to awkward teenager where you get a glimpse of the adult schnauzer they will one day be. And oh my god, how cute is Olive in these photos?

Wednesday 4 May 2011

This just made me laugh

Things you can't do when you're not a dog Maybe you have seen this video before, I had, but it still manages to make me laugh out loud. Maybe it's just a dog owner thing.

New Dinsdale Arrivals

Trinny did this pretty much on her own overnight. I just popped my head in every now and then to do a head count and make sure all was fine. I love a good mom and a smooth, stress free delivery. It was a bit cool overnight, the red glow is the overhead heat lamp I turned on to keep the new babies warm. However, Trinny doesn't let them stray far from the warmth of her body. I will be posting more photos over the next couple of days on Trinny's blog.
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